Old Tappan

Mayor and







John M. Kramer (Mayor)
Ronald Binaghi, Jr.
Guy Carnazza
Victor Cioce
Thomas Gallagher
Anna Haverilla
Matthew Nalbandian


2018 Governing Body Committees:


Councilman Binaghi, binaghi@oldtappan.net

    - Department of Public Works, Engineer, Utilities/Recycling, Construction


Councilman Carnazza, carnazza@oldtappan.net

    - Recreation Commission, First Aid Corps, Grants


Councilman Cioce, cioce@oldtappan.net

     - Library, Historical Committee, Municipal Alliance, Environmental Commission, Green Team/Shade Tree/Open Space


Councilman Gallagher, gallagher@oldtappan.net

    - Planning Board, Technology Committee, Arts & Entertainment, Veterans Committee 


Councilwoman Haverilla, haverilla@oldtappan.net

    - Police Department, Municipal Court, Safety Commission, Social Services, Local Assistance Board, 
       Senior Advisory, Affordable Housing, Community Development, Boy & Girl Scouts


Councilman Nalbandian, nalbandian@oldtappan.net

    - Finance, Fire Department, Board of Ed., Borough Administrator, Borough Clerk, Board of Health











Mayor John Kramer by e-mail or (201) 664-1849 ext.12  

Mayor and Council by e-mail
Borough Administrator by e-mail or (201) 664-1849 ext.12




As agendas become available, a few days prior to each Mayor and Council meeting, they will be posted on the website.  They will be kept on the website until the next meeting.  Meetings of the Mayor and Council are generally held on the first and third Mondays of each month, at 7:30 pm, in the Council Chambers at Borough Hall.  The Agenda posted on the website is not the "official" Agenda and all Agendas are subject to change.

To view the Mayor and Council Meeting Agendas-Click on "Agendas"  on the left side of this webpage






For the Borough Code on-line, as well as pending and recently enacted ordinances - click here




To view the Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes - Click on "Meeting Minutes"  on the left side of this webpage


Form of


The Borough of Old Tappan operates under the Borough form of government.  The Borough is governed by a Mayor and six Borough Council members. The Mayor is elected to a 4-year term; the Council members are elected to 3-year terms. The Mayor votes only in the event of a tie.
This seven-member governing body is empowered to enact local ordinances, to levy municipal taxes and conduct the affairs of our community. In almost all cases, it can review and approve the actions of other Borough of Old Tappan boards, committees and agencies. The Mayor and Borough Council conducts all of it business during monthly meetings open to the public.
All Legislative powers of the Borough are exercised by the Mayor and Council. These powers can take the form of a resolution, ordinance or proclamation (see Glossary of Terms below).  





The governing body generally meets two times per month in the Edward J. Gallagher Council Chambers at the Borough Hall, 227 Old Tappan Road.  Work sessions (also called Executive meetings) are held on the first Monday of the month and the Regular meetings are held on the third Monday of the month.  All Mayor and Council meetings start at 7:30 pm.  The Mayor presides at all meetings of the Mayor and Council.  At Executive meetings, the governing body discusses and debates proposed resolutions, ordinances and other policy matters.  These meetings are open to the public.  Formal action (resolutions and ordinances, etc.) is generally reserved for Regular meetings and sometimes Special meetings which may be scheduled immediately prior to Executive meetings.

All public meetings have time allotted for members of the public to speak on any issues they wish to address.

To download a copy of the Mayor and Council's By-Laws, which details the protocol for meetings and prescribes the process and procedures for the Mayor and Council - click here




The Mayor and Council appoint volunteers to serve on the many Boards and Commissions of the Borough. If you are interested in volunteering to serve on a Board or Commission, please send your resume by mail or email, with a cover letter indicating your area(s) of interest to:

Mayor John Kramer
Borough of Old Tappan
227 Old Tappan Road
Old Tappan, NJ 07675



An ordinance is a local law set forth by the governing body. Anytime the Mayor and Council wish to pass a local law or ordinance, it must be introduced at a public meeting. Once it is introduced, the Borough publishes the ordinance in the legal section of a local paper. The publication indicates the date and time established by the governing body for a public hearing on the ordinance. At the public hearing, the ordinance is read by the title and then the floor is opened to members of the public who wish to make comments on the ordinance. After the public is finished commenting, the public hearing is closed and the members of the Borough Council vote on the ordinance. If passed, the ordinance is again published in the local paper and takes effect immediately upon publication. The only exception is bond ordinances which take effect 20 days after publication.


A resolution is a formal expression of opinion, will or intent of a governing body. Resolutions are passed at the same meeting they are introduced. Most administrative matters are handled by resolution. Examples or resolutions include awarding contracts for the purchase of equipment and materials, and hiring professionals, (Engineers, Attorneys, etc)


A proclamation is a document given by the Mayor and Council to formally recognize an individual, an organization, a special event, an achievement, or cause. Proclamations are generally read at the public meetings and presented to the person or group being recognized. Examples of proclamations include recognizing Borough residents who have given service to the Borough or preformed acts of heroism.

Mayor and Council Approved Meeting






Reg Meeting - Dec 03
Reg Meeting - Nov 19
Spec & Exec - Nov 05
Reg Meeting - Oct 15

Reg Meeting - Oct 01
Reg Meeting - Sep 17
Reg Meeting - Sep 04
Reg Meeting - Aug 20
Reg Meeting - Jul 16
Reg Meeting - Jun 18
Reg Meeting - May 21
Reg Meeting - May 07
Reg Meeting - Apr 16
Reg Meeting - Apr 02
Reg Meeting - Mar 19
Reg Meeting - Mar 05
Reg Meeting - Feb 21

Reg Meeting - Feb 06
Reg Meeting - Jan 17
Reg Mtg - Jan 01 2nd Half
Reg Mtg - Jan 01 1st Half


Reg Meeting - Dec 05
Reg Meeting - Nov 21
Reg Meeting - Nov 07
Reg Meeting - Oct 17

Reg Meeting - Oct 03
Reg Meeting - Sep 19
Reg Meeting - Sep 06
Reg Meeting - Aug 15
Reg Meeting - Jul 18
Reg Meeting - Jun 20
Spec & Exec Mtg - Jun 20
Reg Meeting - May 31
Reg Meeting - May 16
Reg Meeting - Apr 18
Reg Meeting - Apr 04
Reg Meeting - Mar 21
Reg Meeting - Mar 07
Reg Meeting - Feb 22
Reg Meeting - Feb 07
Reg Meeting - Jan 18
Reg Mtg - Jan 02 2nd Half
Reg Mtg - Jan 02 1st Half


Reg Meeting - Dec 06
Reg  Meeting - Nov 15
Reg  Meeting - Nov 01
Reg  Meeting - Oct 18

Reg  Meeting - Oct 04
Reg  Meeting - Sep 20
Reg  Meeting - Sep 07
Reg  Meeting - Aug 16
Reg  Meeting - Jul 28
Reg  Meeting - Jun 21
Spec Meeting - Jun 09
Spec & Exec Mtg - Jun 07 
Reg Meeting - May 17
Reg Meeting - May 03
Reg Meeting - Apr 19
Reg Meeting - Apr 05
Reg Meeting - Mar 15
Reg Meeting - Mar 01
Reg Meeting - Feb 16
Reg Meeting - Feb 01
Reg Meeting - Jan 19
Reg Mtg - Jan 03 2nd Half
Reg Mtg - Jan 03 1st Half


Reg Meeting - Dec 15
Reg Meeting - Dec 01
Reg Meeting - Nov 17
Reg Meeting - Nov 03
Reg Meeting - Oct 20
Reg Meeting - Oct 06
Reg Meeting - Sep 15
Reg Meeting - Sep 02
Reg Meeting - Aug 18
Reg Meeting - Jul 21
Spec Meeting - Jul 07
Reg Meeting - Jun 16
Spec Meeting - Jun 02
Reg Meeting - May 19
Spec Meeting - May 05
Reg Meeting - Apr 21
Spec Meeting - Apr 07
Reg Meeting - Mar 17
Spec Meeting - Mar 03
Reg Meeting - Feb 19
Spec Meeting - Feb 04
Reg Meeting - Jan 22
Reorg Mtg (2nd) - Jan 05
Reorg Mtg (1st) - Jan 05




The Mayor and Council meeting minutes listed below have been approved by the Mayor and Council.  Generally, minutes from a meeting are listed for approval at the regular meeting of the Mayor and Council in the month next following the meeting.  The meeting minutes available on the website do not include attachments, such as resolutions and ordinances, which are part of the official minutes.  These attachments are available for review in the office of the Borough Clerk.  Recently enacted ordinances are available on the Ordinances webpage.  You can request copies of minutes by using the Borough's Request for Access to Public Records form, which is available on the Forms webpage.


Mayor and Council Approved Meeting Minutes

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